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Using Curriculum to Create Units and Lessons in myCore

The ultimate goal of the curriculum manual is to provide information for improving student academic achievement of content standards by communicating policy and quality expectations and supporting teachers by offering instructional guidance to improve teacher effectiveness. The curriculum manual defines what students ought to know and be able to perform at each content area and corresponding grade level. To reach this goal, this section offers an overview of your dashboard before explaining how to create standards-based units and lessons in myCore and retrieve them when you need them.

 

Familiarize Yourself with Your Dashboard

 

 

 

Main Features of Curriculum

1. Adding Classes

2. Creating Units/Lessons

3. Archiving

4. Search Functionality

 

 

1. Adding Classes

Creating a new class is easy! Teachers click on “classes” in their dashboard and district administrators click on “view district classes” below their profile picture to start the process. Give the class a name before assigning it to a session with dates. The subjects are organizes alphabetically then by grade. If you were teaching a math class as a 5th grade teacher, you would scroll down to math and select the box next to the 5. The standards you will need to teach in this class correspond to the boxes you select. Scroll to the bottom and save the class to add your new class.

 

 



2. Creating Units/Lessons

Once you have created a new class, you can develop your own new unit or copy a unit from the unit library. If you have not assigned Bloom’s Taxonomy levels to the standards, you should do that before continuing. Give the unit a title and assign benchmarking dates to the unit. myCore will take you through the four steps of creating your unit. Select the standards you want to teach in the unit and determine an overarching theme or “big idea” to guide you. Next, you will develop the essential questions and summative assessments you will use before creating the individual lessons (complete with SMART Objectives, assessments and activities). Once you’ve finished with the first three steps, you will finalize the unit and individual lessons by marking them “ready to teach.”

 

 

3. Archiving

Once a class has been taught, you can archive it for future retrieval. Before you archive it, make sure to reflect and rate your effectiveness so you can make changes to units/lessons if you choose to teach a modified version of them in the future. Add notes about specific successes or areas for improvement then click “archive” from your classes dashboard.

 

 

4. Search Functionality

You can search available units from the unit library. The search feature on the right allows you to search by key words and to filter by subject, grade, session or author. Units can be shared to you by a district administrator and appear with a blue “shared” box and a description of the unit’s author. When you find the unit you were searching for, click on the “copy to class” box and select the class to import it to from the dropdown menu so you can edit the unit and personalize it to the needs of your students.